How to get a podcast player set up on Android

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We’ll look at some of the top choices for Android podcast apps. You may want to try out more than one to see which interface you like the most. Try these podcast apps

When you open up the Google Play Store and search for podcasts, you will find a huge array of apps to choose from. These apps help you search for, subscribe to, play, and manage your podcasts.

While there are some free podcast apps out there, some of the best options come with a small price tag that’s well worth the investment. Here are some of the most popular and highly rated apps that are worth a download.

App: Podkicker Pro

Podkicker Pro is the upgraded $1.49 version of the free Podkicker Podcast Player. The biggest reason to upgrade from the free version is the removal of ads. The Pro version also gets updates sooner than the free one. This app is rightfully lauded for its clean, easy-to-use interface. If you prefer a simple, uncluttered experience, then Podkicker delivers.

App: Pocket Casts

The $3.99 Pocket Casts podcast player has cleaned up in the reviews department with a 4.6-star user rating. The app has a “discover” feature that curates trending and popular podcasts, so you can easily browse for new podcasts. Smart filters help you organize your episodes. Pocket Casts is also available for other devices, including iOS. A handy sync feature lets you sign into the app on different devices and access all your podcasts.

By Amanda Kooser

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How to play your iTunes music on your Android phone

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Take heart, there is a way to play your iTunes music on your Android device. Just follow a few simple steps and you’ll be on a midnight train going anywhere.

Copy it manually

One way is to copy the music over manually. Make sure you have all your music downloaded and saved on your computer before getting started.

  • First you’ll need to find your iTunes Library folder. You can usually find it at: C:\Users\Your User Name Here\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music on a Windows PC. On a Mac, open up a Finder window, click your username, and look for the Music folder.

Can’t find it?

  • Fire up iTunes
  • Select Preferences
  • Click on Advanced, then look for the box under iTunes Media folder location for where your jams have been hiding
  • Once you’ve got it located, connect your Android device to your computer with the USB cable
  • Open up your phone’s Music folder, then copy and paste everything right inside

Let Google do the work

If that seems like a lot of work, you can always let Google do the heavy lifting, but it will require an internet connection. If you have a ton of tunes, note that Google Play will only store 100,000 songs for free, after that you’ll need to get a subscription plan.

First, make sure all your songs are saved to your computer.

To get started with Google Play:

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Yes, you can use AirPods with an Android phone; here’s how

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AirPods are one of the most popular options for Bluetooth earbuds out right now. They’re also the market leader for truly wireless listening. But, like some Apple products, you can actually use AirPods with an Android device.

While the experience may be targeted to iOS users, Android users are definitely not left out in the dark. Many people consider the AirPods the best Android accessory available right now! But, how exactly do you use your AirPods with your Android phone? And can you replicate some of the Apple-only features? The answer is Yes and it’s very easy to do. Here’s a look at how to get your Android AirPod experience

Step 1 – Pairing

Pairing your AirPods to your Android phone is just as easy as pairing any other Bluetooth accessory. That’s because it’s the exact same process. Sure, we’ll admit that Apple’s pairing implementation is pretty cool (just open them up and you’re ready to pair!) but, this is pretty easy too.

The first step is to open up the lid, then hold down the white button on the back of the AirPods case. There’s an LED on the inside of the case that while pulse white once you enter pairing mode. It should only take about three seconds of holding the rear button to enter pairing mode.

Once you’re in pairing mode, head into the settings application on your phone and find Bluetooth settings. From there, begin searching for a new device and tap on AirPods when you see it in your list.

Step 2 – Additional features

If you want to stop here, you can! You’ll be able to use your AirPods just like any other pair of Bluetooth earbuds. Or, you can keep going and install a very helpful app that will enhance your experience.

AirBattery replicates the informational pop-up screen that iOS users get when they open up their AirPod case. This app gives battery information on how much juice the rechargeable case and each earbud have left. It’s super useful for keeping an eye on battery level.

There are a couple of really cool features in its settings too. If you donate to enable the Pro version, you can get a persistent notification to give you the latest update on how much battery you have left. We also love the Ear Detection for Spotify. This will pause or resume your music from Spotify when an AirPod is taken out of one or both of your ears.

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How to use Google’s new podcast app in Android

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Podcasts are the kind of thing most of us have heard of, even if we don’t listen. Many of the most popular things to listen to can only be found as a podcast.

Ever since they have become more mainstream there have been countless apps meant to help us find and listen, but not all of them are easy to understand. Google has been down this road before, and is trying once again.

They have released an app that is named, simply, “Google Podcasts,” and it is a great option for Android users who want to dive into podcasts but want to avoid any confusion. It’s light on bells and whistles but if you are only interested in listening to shows, it’s not a bad option.

Here’s how to use it

First off, keep in mind the app only works for Android. As for getting started, you’ll need to go into the Play Store and download it. Just search for “Google Podcasts” and, once you find it, download it as you would any other app.

Once downloaded, the icon will show up on your home screen. Tap on it to open.

The first screen you see will be a home page that shows icons for what Google is saying are the top or trending podcasts. The shows can have all sorts of themes — it really depends on what everyone else is listening to at the time.

And, if you are seeking a specific podcast, click on the magnifying glass in the upper left-hand corner to open a search bar. Just type in the name and find it.

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How to Adjust Music Quality to Save Data While Listening

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The nemesis of music streamers is data caps, cell phone or otherwise. Restricting monthly data and forcing users to decide between quantity and quality of music has had audiophiles tearing their hair out since streaming toppled the iPod. While the problem regarding music quality seems difficult to tackle, it’s far from impossible.

Google Play Music has a number of features integrated that can help preserve your precious monthly data cap. It does so by using your phone’s spare storage as a resource, automatically creating a cache of songs you frequently listen to — even letting you download albums, playlists, and radio stations.

Step 1.

Go to the Music Quality Settings

On both iOS and Android, tap the hamburger menu in the top-left corner. Then, tap “Settings” to get started.

The relevant settings on Android are under the Playback and Downloading headers. On iOS, they’re housed in Streaming & Downloading. For the most part, these settings are synonymous across the two platforms. There are a couple exceptions, but I won’t talk about them until they come up. For the purpose of this guide, I’m going to follow the lead of Android’s settings, as they already break everything up nicely.

Step 2.

Adjust Wi-Fi Streaming Settings

As previously, mentioned, the settings that I’m going to bring up here can be found in Playback on Android, and Streaming & Downloading on iOS. The first item, “Stream only on Wi-Fi,” (“Stream via Wi-Fi only” on iOS) should only be checked if you’re really tight on data, as it prevents any streaming on mobile data. If you’re on an especially stingy mobile plan, this is a perfectly reasonable way to make sure you stay within your limit.

Step 3.

Adjust Mobile Network Streaming Settings

This is where things get a little dicey. Mobile carriers own the data-consuming souls of the vast majority of Americans, forcing them under a ruthless data cap. Even for those with “unlimited” plans, there’s a good chance that your provider will throttle your speeds after you hit a certain threshold.

One way to combat going over your cap is to be frugal when streaming via mobile data. Unless you have a truly unlimited data plan, I highly recommend choosing “Low” under “Quality on mobile network” (“Mobile networks stream quality” on iOS).


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6 gotta-know Spotify tips for Android

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There’s more to the Spotify app for Android and iOS than simply streaming your favorite artists or Spotify’s premixed radio stations. Indeed, the Spotify mobile app is capable of some pretty clever tricks once you know what you’re doing.

For starters, it’s easy to download a Spotify radio mix to your phone for on-the-go playback without putting a dent in your monthly mobile data allowance—and indeed, you can set Spotify to stay offline completely, if the need arises. You can also tweak the quality of your audio streaming and music downloads, keep playing tunes even when your playlist is over, “crossfade” from one song to another, and more.

Note: Several of the features and settings we’ll be covering require a “premium” Spotify subscription, which will set you back about $10 a month. (Psst! You can easily score a 30-day free Spotify Premium trial with the right Google search).

1. Play your radio stations offline

Whether they’re based on a song, an artist, or a particular “mood,” Spotify’s radio stations are perfect for playing endless tunes at home over Wi-Fi. If you’re out and about, though, you might not relish the idea of streaming all that music over cellular, or perhaps you’re on a subway, soaring at cruising altitude, or otherwise unable to get a wireless connection.

2. Listen to Spotify offline, and only offline

Once you’ve got some radio stations saved for offline playback, you might want to be sure that you don’t accidentally start streaming Spotify tunes over your cellular connection, particularly given Spotify’s AutoPlay feature (which I’ll cover in a moment).


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5 Tips to Boost Sound Quality in Android Without Root

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With the number of music apps around — both online and offline — getting your hands on songs and videos is a child’s play these days. But more often than not, most of us barely take a second glance at the default sound settings which results in songs which can be best described as of decent quality.

And as is the case with many improvement hacks, a major portion of the sound modes are locked away only for the rooted devices.

But over the years, the non-rooted phone world has also scaled up significantly and has its share of nifty hacks which can boost the sound quality in Android phones in a jiffy.

On the same note, here are a couple of tricks to help you with the same.

1. Get a Good Equalizer App

Undoubtedly, the key to a good audio experience in Android lies in a sound equalizer app. This is mainly due to the fact that most of the music apps or video apps don’t have advanced control to adjust the bass or increase the treble.

2. Enable Mono Audio For Headphones

If you listen to songs on your headphones quite often, you must have noticed the difference in volume and quality once you plug out an ear pod. This can prove to be quite a bummer when you have to be attentive and yet not miss out on music quality.

3. Stream Songs in High Quality

Since the advent of apps like Spotify or Google Play Music, many of us have switched to online streaming rather than downloading songs offline. Though both the methods have their own sets of pros and cons, an area where online streaming hits a rough patch is audio quality.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 said to drop the headphone jack

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Throughout the year, we’ve seen the likes of MotorolaHTC, and other companies decide that getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack is the right way to go.

While there are holdouts, like the Google Pixel phones and Samsung’s now-unavailable Galaxy Note 7, it looks like Samsung wants to join the rest of the pack in 2017. According to a report from SamMobile, Samsung is planning on dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack altogether in the Galaxy S8, in favor of a wireless — and USB Type-C — future.

The other big reveal from the report is probably the least surprising. Samsung is said to be switching to the USB Type-C standard in the Galaxy S8, which will be used for charging the device and listening to music.

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